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Enthusiasm strong on MFL MarMac cross country team

Members of the 2016 MFL MarMac cross country team include (front, left to right) assistant coach Eric Koenig, Allison Corlett, Marissa Lechtenberg, Laycee Roys, head coach Eliza Philpott; (back) Kolten Matthews, Coltin Ball, Ellie Kinley, Reagan Butikofer, Cassidy Penrod, Hannah Schutte, Keri Picha, Jesse Breuer and Kaleb Krueger. Not pictured is Keagen Smerud. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Getting a taste of last year’s state cross country meet through state qualifier Hannah Schutte, who returns as a sophomore this season, has sparked a lot of enthusiasm in the 2016 MFL MarMac cross country team, said fourth-year head coach Eliza Philpott. She is joined by assistant coach Eric Koenig, now in his second season.

Philpott and Koenig said this enthusiasm is one of the team’s strengths, and has translated into good, quality practices over the first couple weeks of the season.

“The kids come ready and willing for practice knowing it’s going to be tough, and that makes for an exciting environment,” they explained.


Students represent North Clayton Shooting Team in state competition

Members of the newly-formed North Clayton Shooting Team—Keaton Dettman (lef), Samson Elledge, Austin Ruff, Derek Larson, Alex McNally and Brandi Schneider—competed in the Iowa State Trapshooting Meet June 10 and 11. Not pictured is Caleb Overton. (Submitted photo)

The Allamakee Sportsman Club allowed the team to use their facilities for practice. (Submitted photo)

Seven MFL MarMac students represented the newly-formed North Clayton Shooting Team at the Iowa State Trapshooting Meet held on June 10 and 11. Participants attempted to shoot 200 targets with one round of trap consisting of 25 clay targets.  Each day, an hour was given to shoot at 100 targets.

This year’s trapshooting team members included:  Amber Adney, Tessa Detra, Keaton Dettman, Samson Elledge, Taylor Gerndt, Shane Hexom, Nolin Lang, Derek Larson, Alex McNally, Caleb Overton, Dillon Pitzner, Austin Ruff, Brandi Schneider and Avery Smith.

The Iowa State Trapshooting Meet results were:

·Keaton Dettman: 22, 19, 22, 24, 19, 20, 22, 24 = Total 172


MFL MarMac baseball team has season of learning experiences

Bryce Burke

Nathan Johanningmeier

Garret Keehner

By Head Coach Brandon Burke

The 2016 Bulldog baseball season was full of learning experiences and teachable moments. The team finished the season with a 5-23 record. 

At the beginning of the season, the coaching staff was excited to work with this group of kids, but didn’t really know exactly what they had in the team. They were quick to find that this team was full of young talent and potential, but lacked experience.


Bulldog softball players earn Upper Iowa all-conference honors

Becca Harms (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Jasmine Stocker (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Mollie Ward (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Chaun'te Drahn (Photo by Grant Langhus)

Four MFL MarMac softball players recently received Upper Iowa Conference all-conference honors. Becca Harms and Jasmine Stocker were named to the second team, while Mollie Ward and Chaun’te Drahn earned honorable mention recognition.

Harms, a senior catcher, played in each of the Bulldogs’ 32 games this season, compiling a .402 batting average (a team high) and 21 RBIs. Defensively, Harms had a .972 fielding percentage. Of 16 stolen base attempts, she caught 10 runners.

Senior outfielder Stocker, who also batted lead-off all season for MFL MarMac, started each of the team’s 32 games. She put up a .346 batting average and drove in 12 runs, including a home run. She was one of the team leaders in runs scored, with 16. In the outfield, she had a .813 fielding percentage.


Young players will fill big roles for Bulldog baseball team

Members of the MFL MarMac 2016 baseball team include (front, left to right) Dillon Pitzer, Zach Trudo, Bryce Burke, Cedrick Drahn, JT Stocker, JP Murphy; (middle) head coach Brandon Burke, Kyle Adam, Michael Egan, Nathan Johnanningmeier, Robert Reichard, Nick Larson; (back) assistant coach Randy Fuelling, Korby Keehner, Tyler Tayek, Michael Berger, Garret Keehner, Peyton Meisner, Kaleb Tilson and assistant coach Gunner Mohs. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Since finishing his high school baseball career with MFL MarMac three years ago, Brandon Burke has been itching to return to the district as a coach, to continue accomplishing some of the goals he had as a player.

“This job has been a life-long dream of mine. Since I was a young kid, I have wanted to coach baseball at MFL MarMac,” said Burke, who’s now entering his first season as head coach. “My long-term goals include conference championships and state tournament appearances.”


Athleticism, speed are strengths of young MFL MarMac softball team

Members of the 2016 MFL MarMac varsity softball team include (front, left to right) Brenna Boland, Kyleigh Picha, Lizzie Herzmann, Reagan Butikofer, Jayde Schubert, Jordan Schubert; (back) assistant coach Melissa Ward, Ellie Kinley, Keagan Moose, Jasmine Stocker, Mollie Ward, Becca Harms, Chaun’te Drahn, Hannah Schutte, Brinan Berger and head coach Jerald Kleve. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

In his first season as MFL MarMac’s head softball coach, Jerald Kleve said he’s looking forward to the enthusiasm and athleticism his team will bring to the table.

That athleticism, coupled with team speed, is one of the team’s biggest strengths, he said. The roster also boasts strong leadership in its four seniors—Chaun’te Drahn, Jasmine Stocker, Becca Harms and Mollie Ward.

“I would like to thank the four seniors for coming back out this season,” Kleve said.


Strub, Keehner advance to state wrestling tournament

MFL MarMac senior Chase Strub (top) advanced to the state wrestling tournament after claiming the 195-pound title at the IHSAA 1A Dist. 3 tournament Saturday. Strub, who has been unbeatable in the last two months, said his key to victory will be staying on offense. (NIT file photo)

Bulldog senior Gatlin Keehner (top) finally punched his ticket to the state wrestling tournament after placing second in the 285-pound bracket at Saturday’s district tournament. Keehner competed at districts two other times throughout his career, but came up short. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac wrestlers Chase Strub and Gatlin Keehner are headed to state. Strub was the IHSAA 1A Dist. 3 tournament champion at 195 pounds, while Keehner placed second in the 285-pound bracket, on Feb. 14.

“Chase Strub started off the day with a pin and ended the day with a pin,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “Chase wrestled well all day long. He seemed determined and focused and was aggressive, which is how you become the district champ.”